The British and Scottish have many the same traditions that they celebrate for Halloween each year and some are quite different. The holiday isn’t hugely celebrated by either country as compared to the States. However though, they do make their own fun out of the night of celebrating.
The Scottish have a gaelic festival called Samhain which means marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. This holiday starts for them on the 31st of October and ends on November 1st. . For the muggles it’s a special time of the year for many who believe spirit world can make contact with the physical world, a night when magic is at its most potent.
They have activities such as apple bobbing which they call Dookin’ for apples where the kids have their hands tied behind their back, and they try to bite and grab a floating apple in a barrel. Another fun activity that they have is called Treacle scones. This activity have scones hanging from a rope where the kids hands are bound behind their back once again and they try to take bites out of the scone.
Muggles also carve turnips and light them up, however pumpkins are becoming more popular to carve as well. They carve these vegetables to scare away evil spirits that may be nearby. They also have a tradition called Guising or ‘galoshin’ which is known as trick or treating. Children dressed up as evil spirits, blacken their faces, and wore old clothes to go door to door. They dressed up like this for evil spirits couldn’t detect them. A big difference here is they couldn’t say trick or treat first they had to perform a song or tell a story to get their goodies. Sadly this tradition is dying out in areas where children shout trick or treat instead of performing instead to get their goodies.
British traditions are about the same, they carve pumpkins as well. On Halloween night they dress up as different sorts of costumes to go trick or treating. They also have a night of mischief which is on November 4th the day before Guy Fawkes holiday. On that night children will toilet paper houses and write messages with soaps on people’s window. This will even happen sometimes on Halloween night.